General Update - The Hilton Connection and Further Research
The more I work on my second book about the Five Rites, the more work there is to do.
Honestly, I've been finding some incredible stuff in researching the Hilton connection with the
Five Rites but I just don't know when I will be ready to publish.
First, I want to bring you up to date about Hilton's novel Terry. It was published in 1927, six
years before Lost Horizon, and is about a reclusive research scientist who works for an
unscrupulous man who also visited a Tibetan monastery in the Himalayas where the monks lived
for hundreds of years:
Karelsky travelled, apparently, in Thibet, and somehow or other obtained an entrance into an old and
inaccessible monastery in which, to his astonishment, he found that his own methods of rejuvenation
had been practised for hundreds of years; so that, in fact, many of the monks were actually in their
third and fourth centuries! [James Hilton, Terry, Landsborough Publications, London, p. 71.]
This strongly suggests that Colonel Bradford came into the picture in 1926, or earlier. Hilton
doesn't expand much on this Tibetan monastery idea in Terry, waiting instead for Lost Horizon
for reasons I'll save for my book.
A MOUNTAIN CALLED BLUE MOON
I've posted a new article discussing a mountain called "Blue Moon." Hilton's Shangri-la was
watched over by Karakal, which means "Blue Moon." I've discovered in Kashmir, a very likely
location for the Five Rites monastery, a mountain called "Blue Moon." While the jury is still out
on this connection, it is a stunning possibility.